Monthly Archives: November 2017

LBN – Thursday, November 30th, 2017

*NYT: White House Plans to Fire Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may soon be fired and replaced with CIA Director Mike Pompeo within weeks, a new bombshell report from The New York Times claims. According to the story, the White House has already developed a plan to force out Tillerson, who has an increasingly strained relationship with President Trump. Pompeo, in turn, would be replaced by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR). The Times did not specify whether Trump had yet approved the plan.

*Yellen Says Economic Expansion Has Gained Strength: 

Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, said on Wednesday that the country’s economic expansion had broadened and strengthened, and that she expected the growth to continue. Ms. Yellen’s upbeat assessment, delivered to the Joint Economic Committee, is likely to reinforce expectations the Fed will raise its benchmark interest rate in mid-December. It could also sharpen questions about Republican plans for a major tax cut aimed at stimulating faster growth. “Economic growth appears to have stepped up from its subdued pace early in the year,” she told the Congressional committee. “Moreover, the economic expansion is increasingly broad, based across sectors as well as across much of the global economy.”

*In US, 57 Percent of Kids on Track for Obesity by 35: Study: 

More than 57 percent of children in the United States will be obese by age 35 if current trends in weight gain and poor eating habits continue, researchers warned Wednesday. The risk of obesity is high even among children whose present weight is normal, said the report in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Only those children with a current healthy weight have less than a 50 percent chance of becoming obese by the age of 35 years,” said the study, led by researchers at Harvard University. Some 36.5 percent of the US adult population is now considered obese, a condition federal health officials define as having a body mass index of 30 or higher.

*Matt Lauer: ‘I Am Truly Sorry’

Former Today show co-host Matt Lauer on Thursday morning released a statement apologizing for his inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry,” said Lauer. “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and shamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.” In addition to an announcement Wednesday morning by NBC News about Lauer’s termination, reports by Variety and The New York Times included bombshell sexual-harassment allegations about the longtime anchor. “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I’m committed to beginning that effort,” said Lauer. “It is now my full time job.”

*NFL, Players Reach a Deal on League Support of Activism

The National Football League and its players association have reportedly reached an agreement to support community activism, including a deal for the NFL to provide about $89 million over seven years to social-justice causes. The money will specifically be donated to criminal-justice-reform projects and others related to law-enforcement community relations and education, ESPN reported. The tentative agreement stops short of directly addressing players’ on-field demonstrations during the playing of the national anthem, but owners have reportedly expressed hope that the deal will persuade players to stop taking a knee. NFL owners must still approve the agreement.

*WELCOME HOME –  Enduring ‘Sphere’ Sculpture Returns to Ground Zero

A ceremony on Wednesday marked the return to New York’s World Trade Center of “Sphere for Plaza Fountain,” the only piece of public artwork to survive the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack. The ceremony, held by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, celebrated the return of the 25-foot-tall copper globe, which initially symbolized world peace as it sat between the two towers. “They are a big, humongous government authority, but they showed a lot of humanity here in what they have done, and they deserve credit for that,” said 60-year-old Michael Burke, who championed the return of the piece and whose firefighter brother died in the attack.


*John Conyers Hospitalized Amid Misconduct Claims:  

Rep. John Conyers, who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct by a number of former staffers, has been hospitalized in Detroit for stress-related issues, according to a report on ThursdaySam Riddle, a spokesman for Conyers, confirmed the 88-year-old Democratic congressman is seeking treatment at a hospital, CBS Detroit reported. “Monica Conyers, Mrs. Conyers, is by his side and we just ask, really the nation, to pray for this Congressman that has done so much for the nation,” said Riddle. ​He blamed Conyers’ ill health on ​the accusations in the media.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The National Commission on Sleep Disorders estimates that 60 million Americans are chronically sleep deprived and claims this condition is perhaps one of the biggest health problems plaguing our society today. Planned napping is one way to combat sleep deprivation.

*Study shows the car you drive may reveal whom you voted for: 

When it comes to your political leanings, you are what you drive, according to a new study that says election results can be predicted by the make and models of cars spotted in a particular community. Stanford University researchers used a computer algorithm to determined whether a neighborhood leaned to the left or right by looking at vehicles in 50 millions of images from Google Street View in 200 American cities. When sedans outnumbered pickup trucks, there was an 88 percent chance the city would vote Democratic. In areas with more pickup trucks, the odds switched to 82 percent in favor of Republicans, the researchers concluded. “We show that it is possible to determine socioeconomic statistics and political preferences in the US population by combining publicly available data with machine-learning methods,” said the report, published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***LA Weekly editor Mara Shalhoupon Wednesday afternoon posted a series of 12 tweets that spelled out one shocking announcement: Nine of 13 editorial staffers had been laid off at the publication, “including all five editors and all but one staff writer.” Some of those are managing editors are Drew Tewksbury, music editor Andy Hermann, arts and culture editor Gwynedd Stuart and food editor Katherine Spiers.

*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Jim Nabors, best known as ‘Gomer Pyle’ and a staple at the Indianapolis 500, died yesterday at 87.  The Alabama native, who enjoyed careers in music and on screen, passed away in Hawaii around loved ones according to the Associated Press and TMZ.   ***W. Marvin Watson, a World War II combat veteran who ran Lyndon B. Johnson’s White House with the protective instincts of a loyalist, the privileged power of a confidant and the efficiency of a drill sergeant, died on Sunday at his home in The Woodlands, Tex., near Houston. He was 93. His death was confirmed by Tom Johnson, who served on the White House staff with Mr. Watson.   ***Ken Shapiro, a former child television actor whose hit 1974 film, “The Groove Tube,” anticipated “Saturday Night Live” by a year with sketches that wickedly satirized TV, died on Nov. 18 at his home in Las Cruces, N.M. He was 75. His daughter, Rosy Rosenkrantz, said the cause was cancer.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Sam Kinison First Appearance on Letterman —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Matt Lewis:  For most of my life, so-called experts have been warning us to have fewer (not more) kids. This was sometimes even couched in subtly racist terms. Historically, there has been a tendency for environmentalists to support abortion (having fewer children is seen as good for the environment) and to oppose immigration. I’m not suggesting this was anything close to a majority opinion, but there are certainly examples of people making these arguments. In many ways, though, it’s insane for a nation to aspire to a smaller population. First, there is the symbolic point that having children is a sign of optimism about the future. Healthy civilizations replace themselves; depressed or demoralized societies do not. There are all sorts of other repercussions associated with having fewer children. For one thing, it helps to be able to field a standing army for conventional battle. But also consider the math. A larger population expands the pool of potential inventors and entrepreneurs (maybe the kid who would have cured cancer was never even born). There’s also the fact that our welfare state needs young workers to support an aging population. I could go on.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 4: My Friend, Bill Clinton —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: If you want to understand the ways in which Donald Trump’s presidency is systematically corrupting the American mind, I have a book recommendation for you. It’s about Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The book is Peter Pomerantsev’s “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible.” It was published in 2014, and it brilliantly tells the story of the (Soviet-born) British author’s sojourn as a producer for Russian TV. As the title suggests, at its heart it’s the tale of the substitution of reality with “reality,” of factual truth with interpretive possibility. That’s also the central task of Donald Trump’s presidency. We were reminded of this again this week, on news that Trump is backing away from his public admission last year that he said what he said on the infamous Access Hollywood tape. Then there was his appalling insinuation Wednesday that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough might have killed an office intern in 2001. And his hallucinatory tweet last week in which he claimed to turn down an approach from Time magazine to make him Person of the Year for the second time in a row.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Frank Lloyd Wright:The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Office Space with Michael Bolton —


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***After Beyoncé’s album “Lemonade”, in which she sang at length about her husband’s infidelities, and his own allusions to being unfaithful on his latest album “4:44“, Jay-Z has finally admitted to cheating on his wife. In a tell-all interview with the The New York Times, the man formerly known as Sean Carter finally admitted his “infidelity,” but did not name the woman memorably described by Beyoncé as “Becky with the good hair” in her 2016 track “Sorry.” The admission came during a lengthy conversation with the paper’s Executive Editor Dean Baquet. Baquet was asking Carter about his childhood growing up in Brooklyn, and Jay said that he was still scarred from it. He said that he shut down his emotions and pushed his wife away when issues from his past came up. Jay-Z explained: “You have to survive. So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode, what happens? You shut down all emotions.”   ***Jerry Springer has decided against throwing his chair into the ring. The TV talk show host and former Cincinnati mayor announced in his weekly podcast recorded Wednesday that he won’t join the race for the 2018 Democratic nomination for governor in Ohio. Springer had been considering the race for months, and said he had “a real possibility of winning” in an era of celebrity political successes highlighted by Republican Donald Trump’s election as president last year.   ***Kirstie Alley has few choice words to victims of abuse Wednesday on Twitter. “What the hell is happening?” Alley, 66, began. “We now live in a country where people lose their jobs when accused of something without proof or trial or in some cases with anonymous accusers? Can’t confront your accuser? This is bulls–t. And IT HURTS THE REAL VICTIMS of abuse. AND innocent people.” Alley’s remarks were met with mixed reviews from followers, with the tweet coming hours after Matt Lauer was abruptly fired from NBC following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. The actress later clarified her comments were not in regards to the TV host.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord

LBN – Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

*North Korea: We Can Now Strike Entire U.S. Mainland

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared Wednesday that the country’s nuclear program is now complete following the “successful” launch of a new missile that threatens all of the U.S.. An announcement read out on the state-run Korean Central News Agency said Kim gave the order to test the new Hwasong-15 missile on Tuesday, a launch that was confirmed by South Korean and U.S. authorities. “After watching the successful launch of the new type ICBM Hwasong-15, Kim Jong Un declared with pride that now we have finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power,” the announcement said. The statement described the new missile as “significantly more” powerful than previous long-range missiles used and said all of the U.S. mainland would now be within range of a nuclear strike. The launch, the first since Sept. 15, prompted U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis to warn earlier that Pyongyang can now hit “everywhere in the world.”
*‘REAL THREATS’ – White House Defends Trump’s Unverified Anti-Islam Videos

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday defended President Trump’s controversial retweets of apparent snuff videos, including one depicting what looks like an Islamist mob pushing a teenage boy off roof and beating him to death. Commenting on the violence in the videos, Sanders said, “these are real threats we have to talk about.” Regarding their veracity, she added, “the threats are real—no matter how you look at it.”

*Savannah Guthrie: ‘I’m Heartbroken’ Over Matt Lauer News

In a somber Today show monologue Wednesday morning, a visibly shaken Savannah Guthrie addressed the new allegations about her now-former co-host Matt Lauer’s inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. “I’m heartbroken for Matt,” she said. “He is my dear, dear friend and my partner, and he is beloved by many, many people here. And I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell.” Guthrie added, “How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly? I don’t know the answer to that.” Hoda Kotb co-anchored the show on Wednesday, nodding her head in agreement while Guthrie said, “This reckoning that so many organizations have been going through is important, it’s long overdue, and it must result in workplaces where all women—all people—feel safe and respected.”


  • The Ku Klux Klan arose in the Southern United States after the end of the Civil War in 1865.
  • The Klan is not a single historical group, but a grassroots movement that has risen and then largely disappeared several times since the original Klan was disbanded in 1872.  Notable periods of Klan activity include the original Klan of the 1860s and the Klan revivals of the 1920s and 1950s.
  • According to a 2016 Anti-Defamation League report, membership in the KKK throughout the USA had dropped to approximately 3,000 members. The Southern Poverty Law Center places their estimate slightly higher, between 5,000 and 8,000.
  • The KKK defines its principle enemies as African Americans, Jews, and Catholics
  • After the devastation of the Civil War, many Southern men were drawn to the Klan, seeing it as a way to regain a sense of control over their lives and communities, and as a continued form of resistance to what they considered Northern aggression.

  • Early KKK leaders referred to their organization as “The Invisible Empire,” and saw themselves as knights carrying out a crusade to maintain white leadership and safeguard the moral fabric of the South

*Republicans Clear Major Hurdle as Tax Bill Advances: 

Senate Republicans took a significant step toward passing a sweeping tax overhaul on Tuesday, with a key panel giving its approval and several wavering senators indicating they would support the tax package, helping clear the way for full Senate consideration later this week. Passage of the tax overhaul, which seemed uncertain on Monday, strengthened considerably on Tuesday after the Senate Budget Committee voted along party lines to advance the plan. A flurry of last-minute deal making helped garner the support of a few Republican lawmakers who had expressed concerns about the $1.5 trillion package, including its treatment of small businesses and its effect on the deficit. The rapid turnaround underlines the pressure Republicans face to pass a tax cut and notch a significant legislative victory in their first year controlling both Congress and the White House. To help push the effort forward, President Trump went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a lunch meeting with Republican senators, where he made promises to some and admonished another.

*WHO READS LBN? Famed attorney Tom Girardi:

*Air Force Failed to Report Dozens of Service Members to Gun Database:

Dozens of Air Force service members charged with or convicted of serious crimes were never reported to the federal gun background-check database as required, Air Force officials said on Tuesday. The revelation came after the Air Force disclosed that it had failed to report the domestic violence conviction of Devin P. Kelley, the gunman who opened fire at a church in Texas this month. Under federal law, Mr. Kelley’s court-martial conviction for domestic assault should have prevented him from purchasing at a gun store the rifle he used in the attack, as well as other guns he acquired over the past four years. After the Air Force admitted on Nov. 6 that officials at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico had failed to report the results of Mr. Kelley’s court-martial to the federal background database, it began an investigation into how many other serious incidents had not been reported.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that LBN is read daily in 26 foreign countries throughout the world?

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Psychologists at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands scientifically investigated the phenomenon of “love at first sight”  to try and work out whether the common rom-com trope is real. Disappointingly for the romantics amongst us, they concluded that what we often think is love at first sight is in fact more likely strong physical attraction. Researchers conducted their study on 396 participants, roughly 60% of whom were women, most were heterosexual and the vast majority were young Dutch and German students.

*DEFIANT – War Criminal Dies After Drinking Poison in The Hague

Croatian war criminal Slobadan Praljak killed himself by drinking poison in The Hague moments after a U.N. appeals judge upheld his 20-year sentence. After the verdict, Praljak shouted, “Praljak is not a criminal. I reject your verdict,” and drank from a small brown bottle. “I just drank poison,” he said. “I am not a war criminal. I oppose this conviction.” State TV reported the 72-year-old later died at a hospital. Praljak was one of six former Bosnian leaders convicted in 2013 of persecuting, expelling, and murdering Muslims in an effort to create a Croat mini-state in Bosnia during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: In 1894, Russian scientist Marie Mikhailovna de Manaceene conducted one of the earliest experiments on extreme sleep deprivation. She found that when she deprived puppies of sleep, they all died within four or five days, despite every effort to keep them alive. The younger the puppy, the more quickly it died.

*LBN-SEE IT:….Joni Mitchell in 1968.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***If 50 men run 3,510 marathons over the course of three decades, will their heart health suffer or improve? A new study delving into precisely that question concludes that the answer is simultaneously reassuring and complicated, with long years of endurance training seeming not to harm runners’ hearts, but also not necessarily to benefit them in the ways that the runners themselves probably expected. Over the past 40 years or so, attitudes about the effects of strenuous exercise on the heart have whipsawed. At one point, many people believed that endurance exercise would be a panacea for heart problems. A 1977 report in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, for example, intimated that marathon running and a healthy diet would immunize runners completely against atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaques in the arteries that is the hallmark of heart disease.   ***The daughters of women exposed to childhood trauma are at increased risk for serious psychiatric disorders, a new study concludes. Researchers studied 46,877 Finnish children who were evacuated to Sweden during World War II, between 1940 and 1944. They tracked the health of their 93,391 male and female offspring born from 1950 to 2010. The study, in JAMA Psychiatry, found that female children of mothers who had been evacuated to Sweden were twice as likely to be hospitalized for a psychiatric illness as their female cousins who had not been evacuated, and more than four times as likely to have depression or bipolar disorder.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Coastal communities from Maine to California have been put on notice from one of the top credit rating agencies: Start preparing for climate change or risk losing access to cheap credit. In a report to its clients Tuesday, Moody’s Investors Service Inc. explained how it incorporates climate change into its credit ratings for state and local bonds. If cities and states don’t deal with risks from surging seas or intense storms, they are at greater risk of default.

*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***The latest round of ESPN layoffs has arrived. On Wednesday, network president John Skipper confirmed 150 staffers would be terminated, after cutting about 100 staffers in late April. The news of layoffs was expected, but it is surprising that on-air talent does not appear to be among the people being let go.   ***LeBron James achieved another first Tuesday night, albeit one he’d probably like to forget. For the first time in his career, he was ejected from a basketball game. The Cleveland Cavaliers star was tossed during NBA regular-season game No. 1,082 –Tuesday’s win over the Miami Heat with 1:59 left in the third quarter.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Why cities are full of uncomfortable benches —

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Harry Pregerson, who as a judge on California’s famously liberal Ninth Circuit federal court for a half-century placed his personal scruples over what he discounted as abstract legalities, died on Saturday at his home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 94. His death was confirmed by a court spokesman, David J. Madden.


Cool Things

CoolThings is a collection of cool things. From entertainment, to gadgets, to even toys and inventions, there is bound to be something here that will interest you. There is even a section for really cool gifts, split into categories for men and women. It updates every day, so make sure to drop by once in a while for your fix of really cool stuff!

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: “Without Notes” with Susan Estrich – Episode 4: My Friend, Bill Clinton —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Nick Schager: Virtually nothing about the movie The Room makes sense, including the fact that, despite its title, its action doesn’t only take place in a single indoor setting. Thus, it’s only fitting that this most inexplicable of “bad movies”—an indie whose astounding awfulness has helped it attain cult status—is now receiving a dramatized origin story courtesy of James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. It’s something of a grand cosmic joke that Franco is receiving Oscar attention for his imitation of what may be the lousiest performance in big-screen history—namely, writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau’s turn as Johnny, a man whose relationship to fiancée Lisa (Juliette Danielle) is torn apart by her affair with his best friend Mark (Greg Sestero). An adaptation of Sestero’s 2013 behind-the-scenes account of the film’s production, Franco’s latest is both an absurd farce about artistic incompetence and a good-natured tribute to realizing one’s foolish dreams, replete with impressively spot-on recreations of the many infamous moments that have made The Room a notorious modern classic. Still, it pales in comparison to the real thing.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: In a recent MSNBC interview I described President Trump as a “brain-eating disease.” I did so because his indecent behavior, and nonstop outrageous tweets and actions, force you as a commentator into a terrible choice: either ignore it all and risk normalizing Trump’s excesses or write about him constantly and risk not having the time to learn and report about the big trends now reshaping the world — trends that one day will surprise your readers and leave them asking, “Why didn’t I know this?” To inoculate myself against Trump eating my brain, I occasionally get as far away as I can. This time it was to India, where I learned a ton that I didn’t know: I found India trying to leapfrog out of poverty and catch up to China by engaging in a rapid digitization of its entire economy and power grid. Yes, while our president has been busy playing golf, tweeting about LaVar Ball and pushing an anything-that-will-pass tax plan, China has been busy creating a cashless society, where people can pay for so many things now with just a swipe of their cellphones — including donations to beggars — or even buy stuff at vending machines with just facial recognition, and India is trying to follow suit. These are big trends, and in a world where data is the new oil, China and India are each creating giant pools of digitized data that their innovators are using to write all kinds of interoperable applications — for cheap new forms of education, medical insurance, entertainment, banking and finance.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Kathie Lee Gifford wants to forgive Matt Lauer. The “Today” star, alongside co-host Hoda Kotb, addressed Lauer’s prompt firing after an employee raised allegations of sexual harassment against him. “I’m grappling with, should I even share something? But I guess I really should,” Gifford, 64, said during the 10 a.m. hour of “Kathie Lee & Hoda.” “I don’t feel that Matt has betrayed us in any way at all but when I found out that my husband [Frank Gifford] had betrayed me, you question your own judgment. You say, ‘Was everything a lie?’ And I think we have to very much fight against that, that the man we know and adored was the man we loved and adored and continue to.”


LBN E-Lert Edited By Dan Gaylord

LBN – Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

*2 Bosses Show Up to Lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

On MondayMick Mulvaney, the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, brought in doughnuts for employees. Around the same time, Leandra English, the agency’s other acting director, sent an all-staff email thanking the work force for its service. Awkward. And so unfolded another frenetic workday in this corner of a capital city defined by hyperpartisan dysfunction: Two public servants — one a holdover from the Obama administration, the other a rushed temporary appointee by President Trump — messily and publicly vied to lead an agency that has fought for consumers while under political assault by Republicans. Its future as an independent agency rests on who leads it next. By the end of the day, a federal judge was assigned to hear Ms. English’s request, filed late Sunday, to provide an emergency restraining order to block the president from appointing Mr. Mulvaney. Judge Timothy J. Kelly of the Federal District Court in Washington, who was nominated by Mr. Trump and confirmed in September, was perhaps the only person in the capital who refrained from rushing to issue an opinion.

*Grammy Nominations 2018: Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar Lead the Way:

Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar are the top contenders for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, leading a crop of nominations that is heavy on hip-hop and R&B but has left some mainstream pop stars, including Ed Sheeran, shut out of major prizes. Jay-Z got eight nods for his album “4:44,” which mixed dark personal confessions with meditations about race; Mr. Lamar had seven for “DAMN.,” a critical favorite and a smash on streaming services that also addressed racial politics and self-reflection.Bruno Mars had six nominations, and Childish Gambino, Khalid, SZA and No I.D. (Jay-Z’s producer) each had five. With all major awards shows under scrutiny for how they incorporate diversity, the Grammy nominations are striking, as minority artists dominate the ballot in nearly all of the most prestigious categories, including record, song and album of the year.

*Angela Lansbury: Women Should Take Some of the ‘Blame’ for Harassment

Dame Angela Lansbury told an interviewer that women must accept some of the blame for sexual harassment and assault because they “go out of their way to make themselves attractive” to men. “There are two sides to this coin. We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive. And unfortunately it has backfired on us—and this is where we are today,” the 92-year-old Murder She Wrote star said. “We must sometimes take blame, women. I really do think that. Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.” Lansbury said she never personally suffered any harassment during her career, which began in 1944 with the film Gaslight.

*YO – ‘Jersey Shore’ Is Returning to MTV

MTV has announced that it is officially reviving the hit reality-TV franchise Jersey Shore. A handful of the original cast members will return, including Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. The new show, Jersey Shore Family Vacation, will premiere in 2018.

*Scaramucci: Criticism of Threatened Lawsuit Against Student Paper Is ‘Baby-ish’

Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci called criticism of his threatened lawsuit against a Tufts University campus newspaper “baby-ish.” Scaramucci said he threatened to sue a student and the newspaper for publishing an unfavorable opinion piece because students “can’t flat out lie” about him. The column was penned by Camilo A. Caballero, a graduate student who called for Scaramucci to be removed from the advisory board of Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. “You can’t play in a big boy or a big girl pond and then, if you don’t like the reaction that someone has to you, you can’t claim, ‘Well, wait a minute. I’m not in a big boy pond,’” Scaramucci said. “[Fletcher students] are 25-26 year-old adults,” he continued. “They’ve got to hold themselves in an adult world very shortly.”

*Renown Security Expert Kent Moyer Says NYC Ready for New Holiday Threats

An ISIS supporter released a poster of Santa Claus on the group’s social media haunts. The poster shows Santa overlooking Times Square with a case of dynamite at his side. In the image, the New York streets are filled with pedestrians at nighttime and Santa carries a bulky red sack. “We meet at Christmas in New York… soon,” reads the text on the image. According to world acclaimed security expert Kent Moyer, “The NYPD is well prepared for any threats to New York City.  In fact, the person who made the threat may have the NYPD Swat team repelling down their chimney in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve with a gift of an arrest. Law Enforcement & the military have taken off the political gloves to now deal with ISIS. The US is prepared to stop many threats before they launch into an attack.”

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDERBruce Springsteen extended his intimate, 16-week Broadway series into 2018. Springsteen on Broadway, staged at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre, will continue with a round of new shows set for February 28th through June 30th.

*THINK FREELY – READ LBN:  Great news! Now your friends, family and associates can join “influencers” in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries in receiving LBN. Go and sign up (if you’ve got the guts!).

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Wells Fargo bankers chasing bonuses charged hundreds of clients inflated foreign transaction fees, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The report comes just over a year since Wells Fargo paid a $185 million fine for “widespread illegal” sales practices involving fees on 2 million deposit and credit-card accounts opened without customers’ knowledge. An internal Wells Fargo review in the latest breach showed that only 35 business clients out of about 300 were charged the actual price they had been quoted by Wells Fargo bankers for their currency trades, two employees told The Journal. They heard the conclusions of the bank investigation in a conference call in June, the paper said.   ***Last week Aston Martin introduced photos of the $149,995 2018 Vantage, a four-liter AMG twin-turbo V8 coupe that gets 503-horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque. Its bold, bare grill is the face of a new Aston Martin, one pointed toward younger buyers, those who want flashy colors (the Vantage in the debut photos came in a radioactive green) and more-aggressive angles along its two-door body.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Clive Davis and Don Lemon at a private dinner at Myles Chefetz’s Prime 112 in Miami.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  Coffee Snobs —


World Birth and Death Rates

This website let’s you visualize the birth and death rates around the world. The simulation is based on current rates (and populations), so it of course does not necessarily suggest anything about long-term pattern

*LBN-VIDEO LINK:  David Cassidy – Rock me baby-bob hope –

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Neel V. Patel: If Peter Thiel wants to live forever, he might be better served sucking up the blood of the Amish instead of young people. A new study published in Science Advances illustrates how a particular gene mutation in an Amish community has conferred much of the population with a longer life span, better metabolism, and lower rates of diabetes. The findings could be a boon to understanding longevity in human beings and developing methods for increasing lifespan in future generations.  “It is a remarkable natural experiment,” Dr. Douglas Vaughan, a cardiologist based at Northwestern University’s School of Medicine and a coauthor of the study, said. “It gives us a glimpse into new approaches to reduce aging-related illnesses and perhaps extend the healthy lifespan of humans.” At its core, the study hinges around proxy measures of telomeres, the capping ends of DNA strands which are meant to protect chromosomes from deterioration or from fusing with another chromosome. As DNA replicates, the telomeres shorten little by little, which creates what scientists call senescence (biological aging). As senescence increases, the body’s cells will increase the production of certain proteins more than others — and these proteins can be measured in order to assess aging in the body. One of the use proteins is plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, or PAI-1. But the role of PAI-1 in human longevity has never been fully understood. Vaughan and his colleagues from around the world decided to unravel this mystery.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appear to be pursuing their quest for the White House, inspired by the improbable rise of Donald Trump to become the 45th president of the United States. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer just revealed he has met with both moguls about their burning political ambitions — but the veteran Democrat didn’t seem bowled over by either. ***Billy Bush is recovering after a golfing accident sent him to the hospital. On Monday, the controversial former “Today” host, 46, shared snaps from his hospital bed explaining he was struck by a ball. “FORE!! Thanks nurse Katrina, Jovi, Jenn, Mercy @CedarsSinani for the bed, the care, the ice,” he explained. “I think I dodged a bullet… but sadly not a golf ball. Scan is clear, let the jokes begin #putmedownforpar.” Although Bush did not share where the ball hit him, he appeared to be smiling in his photos.


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